The Season 2015-16: Wewahitchka

Wewahitchka

You can see everything I have on the Gators in 2015-16 here –> WEWAHITCHKA

Win/loss record: Based on what I have, 4-9 in dual meets. There are some discrepancies between my records and those presented to FHSAA, above and beyond the missing Cougar Classic results. There might be one other event missing. Please review the attached document for a review of the Gators’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Wewahitchka definitely struggled to start the year, with finishes near the bottom at Border Wars, Timberwolf Challenge, Gulf Breeze and Scott Rohrer Invitationals. But the two-week break (at least according to the schedule I have) between Scott Rohrer and Gator Brawl seemed to really do some good, as the Gators took fourth and most of the Wewa starters seemed to rally as a group. That led to a fourth-place finish at the Brawl, a fifth at 1A-District 1 and a performance that might have been Wewa’s best of the season, 11th place at regions — third best among District 1 teams. There were a couple of seniors in the Gator lineup; most of the Wewa starters not only return, but could be back for a few years.

2015-16 MVP: At one point in 2015-16, Gator freshman Alex Edwards had a sub-.500 record (5-6, according to the results I had for Wewa) and was looking to mostly duplicate the season he had as an eighth-grader and upperweight wrestler (more on the struggles they face shortly). But from there, Edwards seemed to find the right answers to get on the winning path, winning matches against wrestlers he’d lost to earlier in the season. From the Panhandle Duals onward, Edwards was 14-6, winning 10 matches in a row at one point. Edwards didn’t win an IBT title this season, but he was the only Gator to make it to states. Edwards reached the region semis, earning two falls after losing there to take third place and qualify out. It’s still only the start of a long career for Edwards, who is wrestling at a high level (Back in Black) this offseason and should make the state podium before long.

2016-17 captain: Burley Parker got off to a slow start in December, starting the year 1-4 at Border Wars. He won his next five matches, but staying well clear of the .500 mark was tricky business until the Rohrer Invitational and shortly after, when Parker won 10 of 11 matches (at least among the results that I have). Parker then went on to compile 40-plus victories as the season wore on, finishing just a takedown away from a district title, losing two matches by decision, including a one-point loss in the consi quarters on Saturday at regions. As a senior, Parker will be counted on for leadership for the Gators in 2016-17. This young team grew a lot from beginning to end, and how much it will grow in 2016-17 will depend a lot on the seniors, like Parker.

Heaton’s Hero: Being a freshman upperweight wrestler is hard enough. Try doing it as an 8th grader — unless your last name is Meeks, in this state, 8th graders find rough going in the upper weights, particularly at 285. Claeton Horne finished the year with just four competitive wins in 2015-16 after a late start to the year, but he did have his hand raised in one match. That, fortunately, was at home during Wewa’s Gator Brawl, when he had a fall over Bozeman’s Landon Harris in the second-to-last match of the day. Horne might have benefited from a full December, but what would benefit him more would be more offseason work and the stick-to-it-iveness that kept him going through the post-season. Claeton Horne is the Wewahitchka representative for the Heaton’s Hero award.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Tyler Dubray (freshman, wrestled 106 this past year, District 1 4th place); Johnathan Harvey (sophomore, wrestled 113 this past year, District 1 3rd place); Mathew Laster (freshman, wrestled 120 this past year, 1 match from regions); Dylan Jacobs (sophomore, wrestled 126 this past year, 1 match from regions); Parker (senior, wrestled 145 this past year, District 1 runnerup); Delinger Chance (senior, wrestled 152 this past year, 1 match from regions); Jackson Vines (senior, wrestled 160 this past year, 1 match from regions); Dylan Edwards (sophomore, wrestled 170 this past year, District 1 4th place); Malachi Davenport (junior, wrestled 182 this past year, District 1 4th place); A. Edwards (sophomore, wrestled 195 this past year, District 1 runnerup, Region 1 3rd place); Claeton Horne (freshman, wrestled 285 this past year, 1 match from regions). Also: Blake Lynn (sophomore, wrestled 120 this past year, did not compete in post-season).

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FCN’s Athlete of the Year

If you haven’t seen it, go here and vote for Derek Miller at Clay as First Coast News’ athlete of the year. Would need a lot of last-minute, Chicago-style votes to overcome the gap, but perhaps we can make an impact and at least show major media outlets in Jacksonville that wrestling does in fact move the needle. I’m a little puzzled at the spelling of Miller’s name, but vote anyway. I have and will again.

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Megatron?

Does anyone know if these results are available anywhere else – another website, etc. – outside of Track? I have looked for two days, and there isn’t any there, there. There’s anecdotal things in a couple of places on Facebook, but that’s not very helpful, given how many local kids competed.

Let me know! Meantime, I’ll be working up Wewahitchka season results on Monday. Peace out.

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FAWA Freestyle State Championship

FAWA Freestyle State Championship
At Osceola HS, Kissimmee

Placers noted where locals were in attendance
Women
105: 1. Katalina Bartelt (Gladiator). 2. Tanaily Lopez (unattached). 3. Kaylee Stevens (Gulf Breeze). Local results: Lopez p. Stevens, :30; Bartelt tf. Stevens, 10-0.
121: 1. Bri Kellin (Braves WC). 2. Jamaris Vargas (unattached). 3. Geneva Winston (BTS-NE Fla). 4. Karoline Ortiz (unattached). 5. Alexa Phillips (unattached). Local results: Kellin tf. Winston, 17-6; Winston p. Phillips, 3:31; Winston p. Ortiz, 1:52; Vargas p. Winston, 2:00.
Junior
120: 1. Marshall Craig (unattached). 2. Daishaun Felton (unattached). 3. Diamonte Perry (Braves WC). 4. Christian Morales (Gladiator). 5. Luis Hernandez (Gladiator). 6. Louis Cortez (Astronaut). Local results: Perry tf. Daniel Porter (Team Jax), 10-0; Hernandez tf. Porter, 10-0.
152: 1. Todd Perry (Gladiator). 2. Antony Kinsey (Spartan Express). 3. Charles Small (Hurricane WC). 4. Leonel Hernandez (Gladiator). 5. David Miller (Citrus WC). 6. Delmontae Davis (Pin N Win). Local results: Davis p. Frankie Hammer (unattached), 1:24; Kinsey p. Davis; Hernandez p. Davis; Miller p. Davis, 1:57.
220: 1. Darius Hamilton (Spartan Express). 2. Narek Stepanyan (Terry Parker). 3. Tanner Howe (Lakeland WC). 4. Joseph Westberry (unattached). 5. Kelton Wilemon (unattached). Local results: Hamilton tf. Stepanyan, 17-6; Stepanyan tf. Howe, 14-4; Stepanyan p. Westberry, 1:11; Stepanyan tf. Wilemon, 11-0.
285: 1. Jaafari Stephens (Coral Gables). 2. Tariq Hookfin (Pin N Win). 3. Geovany Casco (Coral Gables). Local results: Hookfin p. Casco, 1:32; Stephens p. Hookfin, :37.
Cadet
106: 1. Ryan Rowland (Florida Jets). 2. Sebastian Calmet (Gladiator). 3. Jacob Cochran (Unattached-Tate). 4. Keishon Hodges (Braves WC). 5. Josh Rodriguez (Attack). 6. Logan Simmons (unattached). Local results: Cochran tf. Simmons, 10-0; Calmet d. Cochran, 15-13; Cochan tf. Rodriguez, 10-0; Cochran p. Hodges, 2:39.
132: 1. Gianni Guerriero (St Thomas Aquinas). 2. Simon Ullrich (unattached). 3. Ethan Gustilo (Knights Attack). 4. Chase Fuller (Attack). Local results: Gustilo tf. Fuller, 10-0; Ullrich p. Gustilo, :56; Gustilo ID over Brandon Ochoa (unattached); Gustilo tf. Fuller, 14-4; Guerriero tf. Storm Mercado (Middleburg), 10-0; Fuller tf. Mercado, 10-0.
170: 1. Justin Segarra (Florida Jets). 2. Kevin Perez (Gladiator). 3. Lawrence Smith (Attack). 4. Joshua Hagan (Citrus WC). 5. Wyatt Forsberg (Florida Jets). 6. Sammy Bencid (Gladiator). Local results: Segarra tf. John Jones (Pin N Win), 13-2; Jones fft over Angelo Madruga (unattached); Forsberg tf. Jones, 15-4.

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The Season 2015-16: Flagler Palm Coast

Flagler Palm Coast

You can see everything I have on the Bulldogs in 2015-16 here –> FLAGLER PALM COAST

Win/loss record: 19-4 in dual meets. There are some discrepancies between my records and those presented to FHSAA, although I believe I have all results in hand. Please review the attached document for a review of the Bulldogs’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Graduation losses from the 2014-15 season didn’t allow FPC to duplicate what had been, more or less, a perfect year of competition in that year, but there are around 60-70 programs in the north Florida coverage region that would have loved to have had the season that the Bulldogs did have this year, with a solid third at H-Town Throwdown (nearly taking second, only finishing behind South Dade & Southridge), fourth at Lyman, seconds at both Flagler and Manatee Duals events plus a second at Flagler Rotary, and a title at Five Star Conference. The Bulldogs were just a half-point away from sharing district top honors, a solid third at regions and a top-eight effort at states. Most of the FPC graduation losses are in the larger middleweights, and, fortunately, the Bulldogs had a glut of smaller middleweights that should be able to move up and fill in, so look out for a possible return to the top in 2016-17.

2015-16 MVP: Only one other wrestler in north Florida entered the post-season with an undefeated record besides Anthony “Kaz” Maia this past year, and it was going to be interesting how his rivalry with Winter Springs’ James Nereim would unfold this season, given that there’d been some back-and-forth (in terms of who won) between the two before Nereim got the last word at states, taking the title. Maia appeared to have initially worked through what needed to be done, taking two regular-season decisions at the Lyman final and the Flagler Rotary final. Maia added IBT titles at those events, plus H-Town Throwdown, Five Star and districts before meeting up for the third time with Nereim in the region final. That one, Nereim had the answers in a 5-1 decision, and they met again a week later with disastrous consequences, as Maia had to injury-default out of the state final. However, over the course of his high school career, Maia had reached tremendously-high levels of achievement, levels that few ever see, and his graduation will be a loss.

2016-17 captain: Nobody takes losing harder than Bulldog sophomore Michael DeAugustino, and just about no one has worked harder to overcome the lessons taught by their last loss than DeAugustino, even within the high level of the FPC room. DeAugustino went 3-2 with Southridge’s Jordan Marshall at the H-Town Throwdown (at 126) the first weekend of the season, and then cooked off 15 wins in a row until Astronaut’s Connor Kirk won by fall at Flagler Duals just before Christmas. DeAugustino then won 39 matches in a row, 21 of those by fall, that took him all the way through the Five Star Conference, districts and regions — with titles in each along the way — and up to the state finals, where another top-ranked Southridge wrestler, this time Randy McCray, had the edge in a 5-3 decision. The FPC room has been hit pretty hard by graduation losses over the last couple of years, but should still be in pretty good shape — particularly with DeAugustino’s leadership in place over the next two seasons.

Heaton’s Hero: Everybody got out to regions that competed in the district tournament, so it’s pretty tough to find somebody who “struggled,” which is a testament to the program the Bulldogs have built and worked to continue to build. But success can be somewhat relative, too, and so we’ll go with the freshman 106, John Johnson, who was in the lineup at 106 for just about every event this year (I believe only at #BattleForFlagler was he held out). It took him a while to get his sea legs, as he was 4-10 at one point (according to the results I have in the attachment), but then went 13-3 from there and stayed above .500 after that. Johnson won twice at districts — including a win over a decent First Coaster in Jason Schwartz, the Buccaneers’ 2016-17 captain as I noted in that school’s TS post — so he certainly finished well. Jason Johnson is the Heaton’s Hero reprsentative for FPC.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Johnson (sophomore, wrestled 106 this past year, District 1 4th place); Avery Holder (junior, wrestled 113/120 this past year, District 1 runnerup, Region 1 runnerup, 3A state 5th place); DeAugustino (junior, wrestled 120/126 this past year, District 1 champ, Region 1 champ, 3A state runnerup); Trace Insalaco (sophomore, wrestled 126/132 this past year, District 1 4th place); Nathan St. Pierre (junior, wrestled 132/138 this past year, District 1 runnerup); Eddie Bryant (senior, wrestled 170/182 this past year, District 1 runnerup); Steve Canidate (senior, wrestled 170/182 this past year, District 1 runnerup, 1 match from 3A states); Anthony Mascraella (junior, wrestled 195 this past year, District 1 3rd place); Justin Haaf (senior, wrestled 220 this past year, District 1 runnerup, 1 match from 3A states); Vincent Ebanks (senior, wrestled 285 this past year, District 1 3rd place). Also: Andrew Jones (sophomore, wrestled 106/113 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Michael Martins (junior, wrestled 132/138 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Tyrone Jones (junior, wrestled 132/138 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Tyler Irigoyen (sophomore, wrestled 195 this past year, did not compete in post-season).

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Update

Florida FAWA state FS tournament still in progress. No results posted to Track from Megatron. Have seen some anecdotal results out there, in scattershot fashion. Not sure if any duals results — which were done I believe Friday — were ever posted to Track. Megatron appears to be the premier event from a competitive standpoint, but not from a results-reporting standpoint, at least not yet.

So while I’m waiting for FAWA to wrap up, I’ll get FPC written up and a start on Wewahitchka for this and the Northwest site, perhaps.

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FAWA State Greco

FAWA Greco State Championship
At Osceola HS, Kissimmee

(Placers noted where locals were in attendance)
Junior
120 — 1. Luis Hernandez (Garage Boyz). 2. Daishaun Felton (unattached). 3. Marshall Craig (unattched). 4. Louis Cortez (Astronaut). 5. Daniel Porter (Team Jax). 6. Jordy Cabanaz (Garage Boyz). Local results: Felton p. Porter, :16; Craig tf. Porter, 10-0; Porter p. Cabanas, :46.
152 — 1. Antony Kinsey (Spartan Express). 2. Todd Perry (Gladiator). 3. Charles Small (Hurricane WC). 4. David Miller (Citrus). 5. Leonel Hernandez (Garage Boyz). 6. Jean Santiago (Attack). Local results: Santiago d. Delmontae Davis (Pin N Win), 10-2; Small tf. Davis, 15-2.
285 — 1. Darius Hamilton (Spartan Express). 2. Jaafari Stephens (Coral Gables). 3. Javohn Maravolo (Astronaut). 4. Geovany Casco (Coral Gables). 5. Tariq Hookfin (Pin N Win). Local results: Hookfin p. Casco, 2:05; Hamilton tf. Hookfin, 10-0; Stephens d. Hookfin, 6-2; Maravolo p. Hookfin, :15.
Cadet
106 — 1. Ryan Rowland (Florida Jets). 2. Sebastian Calmet (Garage Boyz). 3. Jacob Cochran (Unattached — Tate). 4. Josh Rodriguez (Attack). 5. Luis Pasarell (Florida Jets). Local results: Rowland tf. Cochran, 15-4; Cochran p. Rodriguez, :19; Cochran tf. Pasarell, 10-0; Calmet ID over Cochran.
113 — 1. Malyke Hines (Attack). 2. Christopher Rivera (Ft Myers WC). 3. Christopher Busutil (Spartan Express). 4. Nicholas Vugman (Unattached — Bartram Trail HS). 5. Guillermo Flores (Gladiator). 6. Jared Fisher (Attack). Local results: Rivera tf. Vugman, 11-0; Vugman d. Fisher, 18-9; Busutil tf. Vugman, 10-0.
132 — 1. Gianni Guerriero (St Thomas Aquinas). 2. Ethan Gustilo (Knights Attack). 3. Chase Fuller (Attack). 4. Threlkeld Major (St Thomas Aquinas). 5. Brandon Ochoa (unattached). Local results: Guerriero p. Gustilo, 1:41; Gustilo d. Ochoa, 8-4; Gustilo p. Fuller, 1:44; Gustilo p. Major, :26.
170 — 1. Angelo Madruga (unattached). 2. Kevin Perez (Gladiator). 3. Wyatt Forsberg (Florida Jets). 4. Joshua Hagan (Citrus WC). 5. Lawrence Smith (Attack). 6. Sammy Bencid (Garage Boyz). Local results: Forsberg p. John Jones (Pin N Win), 3:26; Bencid p. Jones, 1:00.
Intermediate
75 — 1. Elvis Solis (Gladiator). 2. Jahiem Trice (Homestead PAL). 3. Marrion Nelson (Florida Jets). 4. Wyatt Leduc (Pin N Win). 5. Aqullia Wilson (Citrus WC). Local results: Nelson p. Leduc, 1:08; Solis tf. Leduc, 12-2; Trice tf. Leduc, 10-0; Leduc tf. Wilson, 22-10.

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